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determine prospects for peace or war. in visiting thailand and the philippines in october, i was reminded of the economic vitality of southeast asia and the fact that that tend countries comprise an asean represent now the fourth largest export market of the united states. these countries are center stage. we must stand firm with our friends throughout asia and actively pursue prospects for free trade and open sea lanes and other policies that will strengthen american economic growth. more broadly, we face the specter of global resource constraints, especially efficiencies of energy and food that could stimulate conflict and deepen poverty. we have made startling gains in domestic energy production, but we remain highly vulnerable still to our dependency on oil, and perhaps equally important, even if we were able to produce more energy at home, we cannot isolate ourselves from energy shocks in the global economy. we have to cooperate with other nations in improving the global system of manufacturing and moving energy supplies. currently, a key to this is helping to assure the completion o
located in the philippines as a permanent cemetery restored, operated and maintained by the american battle monuments commission. as the american battle monuments commission currently operates and maintains other overseas veteran sem tears it's the most appropriate entity to having the important fantastic of honoring our fallen veterans who have been laid to rest at clark. title 2 of this legislation contains provisions that will enhance our ability to provide for the health care needs of our veterans. it includes a measure, which would direct v.a. in coordination with the department of defense to establish and maintain an open burn pit registry for veterans of iraq and afghanistan who may have been exposed to toxic kimcals and fumes by open burn pits during deployment. many veterans have returned home from combat in iraq and afghanistan with serious questions and grave concerns about the possible long-term health effects of burn pit exposure. it's my hope that by establishing this registry we can provide them the answers and assurances they seek to provide better ways to care for th
with condolences from australia, great britain, thailand, the philippines, members of the european union and other countries. we spoke with connecticut congressman jim time on this morning's "washington journal." >> among the many statements put out yesterday by congressmen and senators was this from representative jim himes in connecticut, replacing -- releasing a statement saying the "words cannot express the sadness and horror i feel at the horrendous shootings in connecticut. host: representative himes joins us by phone. where were you when you first heard about the shooting? guest: i was in washington. host: you are in the fourth district. this was in the fifth district, correct? the coat the town is just across the line to the fifth district, currently represented by chris murphy. it is part of fairfield county, just across the line from my district. host: your thoughts on the safety of the children going to school there? guest: that is a question on every parent's mind today. , and one of the interesting aspects of yesterday's events was set the school recently installed a security system t
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